October marks the start of autumn, as well as Eventful’s obsession with all things Halloween. We know a lot of you out there are going to spend a pretty good chunk of time sitting in a dark room in the stillness of night, the glow of a television flickering off the walls as you huddle under a blanket watching horror movies. While watching horror movies at home can be scary, it doesn’t compare with watching one of the many terrifying films being released in theaters this month: a dimly lit theater, startling surround sound, and the astronomical price of Milk Duds! So, we at Eventful would like to give you a rundown of all the hair-raising films being released in theaters this month. There’s a lot of movies being released, so be sure to come back to the Eventful Blog on Monday for the second part of our October Horror Preview!
Annabelle – October 3rd
Not only is Annabelle a prequel to 2013’s The Conjuring, it is also based on the real life case files of renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film begins innocently enough, as thoughtful, caring husband John (Ward Horton) buys an antique doll, Annabelle, for his pregnant wife, Mia (Annabelle Wallis). The gift is innocent enough, until John and Mia’s home is invaded by violent members of a satanic cult, who attempt to raise a demon to the mortal plane by sacrificing the expectant parents. The members are eventually fought off, but not before some of the ritualistic blood drips onto Annabelle, possessing her with an entity of pure evil. The film is made even more terrifying by the fact that the actual possessed doll that inspired the film still resides in a supernaturally protected glass case in the Warren’s Occult Museum in Connecticut. Find showtimes for Annabelle here.
Dracula Untold – October 10th
Dracula Untold is the first film in a shared universe crafted by Universal Pictures in their attempt to bring their monster movie legacy back from the dead (followed by a reboot of The Mummy in 2016). In a bold and creative move, Universal has reinvented one of its most iconic monsters, giving Dracula a richer, more humanistic backstory. Luke Evans stars as Vlad III Tepes, in the film a just and wise ruler of Wallachia, Transylvania who has brought peace and prosperity to his kingdom. Soon enough, that peace is broken when Sultan Mehmed II (Dominic Cooper), King of the Turks, demands 1,000 of Transylvania’s young men to join his army; including Vlad’s son. The only way that Vlad can oppose Mehmed and still protect his kingdom is to strike a deal with the emperor-turned-demon Caligula, and become the powerful, bloodthirsty Dracula. You can find more info about Dracula Untold, including showtimes, here.
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead – October 10th
If you’re seeking something spooky but your nerves could use a rest, check out Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead. The sequel to the 2009 Norwegian indie hit delivers just as much blood and violence as its predecessor, and twice the laughs. The sequel picks up right where the last film left off, with Martin waking up in a hospital after emerging the sole survivor of Nazi zombie Colonel Herzog and his unit. The good news is that his bitten, infected arm has been removed, preventing zombification. The bad news is that his arm has been replaced with one of Colonel Herzog’s, and it’s out for blood. After Herzog and his zombie soldiers rise once again to destroy a Norwegian village, Martin and his new arm team up with Glenn and his zombie hit squad to stop the destruction. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead is getting a limited release, so you’ll have to do some searching to find out if it’s coming to a theater near you.
Don’t forget to check back right here on Monday for the thrilling conclusion to our October Horror Preview; featuring underworldly family fun, a game to die for, and Daniel Radcliffe’s return to the supernatural.